Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)


Dr. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon,  Carina Calzoni, General Manager, Clear Horizon.
Clear Horizon’s flagship course is now online! Join our leading experts as we deep-dive into the world of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.
Modularised and refreshed for digital learning, this course has your MEL journey covered. From the foundations of MEL to the latest trends and tools, this is your chance to learn with industry thought-leaders on the topics that inspire them, while receiving and support and resources to put your learnings straight into practice.

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: none
  • Cost: $1920 AUD
  • Start date: 8 February 2020
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Intensity: 3 hours per week

What our learners say

"The (MEL) training has transformed our approach to program evaluation for improved accountability and transparency. Highly engaging, excellent quality content delivered by lively, enormously capable professionals."

Carina Johnson

Planning Officer

"Thank you so much, I loved the training. I feel so much more confident and able to do my job. This is the best training I have ever done. I wish I'd done it years ago!"

MEL Participant

Course overview

Our complete MEL course takes you through 10 essential modules, each designed with the needs of evaluation practitioners and social change-makers in mind. 

Beginning with the basics and moving through to more complex and cutting-edge ideas, each module will equip you with a greater understanding of MEL principles and practices, as well as the skills and resources to design and deliver MEL in complex environments.

Organisations are increasingly under scrutiny to provide evidence-based reports about their progress and outcomes. But that’s not the only case for investing in measurement, evaluation and learning (MEL).

MEL provides critical evidence and insights that can drive strategic decision-making and ongoing improvement, meaning greater impact and value for money for your project or initiative. In this course, we’ll explore how to deal with unexpected outcomes and emerging issues, as well as laying the groundwork for a practical and workable measurement system. We focus on how measurement systems can feed real-time learning and program adaption, with updated materials and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice.

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand how theory of change can help you to build an effective MEL plan
  • Apply the steps for clarifying a theory of change to a real project, program or initiative
  • Be able to build a full measurement framework for a project with indicators, targets and baseline
  • Scope a comprehensive evaluation plan and develop key evaluation questions
  • Have a basic understanding of evaluation theory and different evaluation approaches, and how to select appropriate methods
  • Be equipped to develop a strategic learning plan for your own learning project

Course inclusions

  • 50 hours of learning to fit around your schedule (approx 3 per week)
  • Access to industry-leading experts
  • Hands-on application for learners
  • Insights based on Clear Horizon’s extensive experience in developing hundreds of MEL systems
  • Great mix of content including articles, videos and interactivities
  • Access to in-course discussions with peers
  • Virtual group sessions with MEL mentors
  • Ongoing access to the course content post formal course conclusion

Want to know if this course is right for you, or have specific questions? Contact us at or (+61) 3 9425 7777  to find out more.


By booking this complete course upfront, you’ll instantly receive a 20% discount on our 10-module learning package, valued at $2400. That’s a savings of nearly $500.


Introduction to Measurement, Evaluation & Learning
Start your journey by learning key concepts, terminology, and the essential mechanics of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.
View course overview.
Start date: 6 July 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 1

Clarify your Theory of Change
In this module, we’ll be introducing you to theory of change, what it is, and how it is used to help develop a Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) plan.
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Start date: 20 July 2020
Duration: 3 weeks

Module 2

Build a Measurement Framework
In this module, we’ll be learning how to build a practical measurement framework based on your theory of change so that you can track your progress and final results.
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Start date: 10 August 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 3

Scope & Frame your MEL work
In module four, it will be time to get clear on what to cover when you are scoping your Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) work.

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Start date: 24 August 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 4

Craft your evaluation questions
We'll cover why having a tailored and clear conceptual framework for the evaluation component is an essential aspect of your MEL planning.

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Start date: 7 September 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 5

Choose your MEL methods
In this course, we’ll be introducing you to a smorgasbord of different evaluation methods, and how to go about choosing the right ones for your context.
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Start date: 5 October 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 6

Data Analysis and Data Weaving
Learn the basic steps of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, weaving various lines of data and weaving them together to answer the big questions that drive learning and improvement.
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Start date: 26 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 7

Strategic Learning & Engagement
Strategic learning is all about using data and insights to refine and adapt your strategy. In this module, find out why it's a defining feature of MEL and is the ‘L’ in MEL.
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Start date: 9 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 8

Reporting & Visualisation 2020
In this module, learn to select the right style, tone and approach to reporting and visualisation for your context and audience.

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Start date: 16 November 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 9

MEL Project
In this course, we’ll be putting into practice everything we have learned through our online suite of MEL modules into your own learning project.

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Start date: 30 November 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 10

Course facilitators

Join us to build your skills and create greater impact today!

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners, social innovators and funders who want to understand how to build a truly effective MEL system for their project, program or organisation. While we begin with introductory concepts, we also cover intermediate to advanced theory and tackle complexity and the latest developments in the field.
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New practitioners looking for an introductory level overview on Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.

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Social impact innovators, and collective impact and collaboration leads wanting to educate others about key concept, terminology, and key element levels

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Social impact and services Funding Managers (for Government and Philanthropic grants and trusts) wishing to understand the basics of how funded programs are assessed.



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Dr Jess Dart

CEO & Founder

Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.

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